In Cindy We Trust
Tatler Hong Kong|May 2020
Behind Cindy Chao’s masterpieces is a compelling vulnerability
Annie Darling
Cindy Chao made her first butterfly brooch back in 2008. Pocket-sized and far smaller than her more recent versions (she makes one every year), a plump pair of Burmese rubies act as centerpieces on wings lined with sparkling sapphires and diamonds. This January, that same brooch was put on permanent display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, becoming the latest in a series of success stories that include appearances at superhigh-end art fairs Masterpiece in London and TEFAF in Maastricht.

The Taiwanese jeweller creates under the name Cindy Chao The Art Jewel and has by-appointment only showrooms in Taipei and Hong Kong. We meet at the latter—all dark wood and leather, the space is lined with bookcases bursting with heavy-set hardbacks and a framed photograph of Chao alongside actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who co-designed the jeweller’s 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly Brooch”.

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